In 2009, The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Executive Board recommended
adoption of the following definition for global health:
Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority
on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global
health emphasises transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves
many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary
collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level
The East Tennessee State University College of Public Health has mindfully created
programs and sought opportunities for partnerships to focus on the study, research,
and practice of global health. This page outlines these programs and opportunities
for interested researchers, collaborators, students, and the community to further
The Global Health Certificate is a 17-credit program of study designed to provide
the learner with specific knowledge and skills in global health from an interprofessional
perspective. The certificate is designed for learners interested in global health.
The certificate includes curricular and practice based opportunities, both here and
abroad. The Global Health Certificate is open to graduate and professional students
interested in global health and is available on campus and fully online.
The Global Health and Development minor seeks to provide students with an interprofessional
curriculum focused on global issues and to prepare students to work more effectively
in global settings. The minor is framed around students completing 13 credit hours
of core courses, 9 credit hours of guided elective courses, and developing a professional
The Public Health International Field Experience program is available to College of
Public Health undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students who have met all the academic
requirements to enroll in one of the Public Health Field Experience/Practicum course,
have met cumulative GPA or 3.5 (graduate) or 3.0 (undergraduate), have completed the
proper applications, and have at least one other student traveling to the same destination.
The College of Public Health invests in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research
on topics vital to global health. Faculty, staff, and students collaborate with international
partners to improve health and achieve equity in health for all people worldwide.